As you know, parkrun relies entirely on volunteers to set up and run our popular weekly event at Bedfont Lakes. The Run Director plays a key role in this, overseeing the morning and being the main point of contact for everyone. It's a really rewarding role and we are recruiting more Run Directors right now.
Join our fantastic core team, get your name in lights on the webpage/social media (with photos) and enjoy the accomplishment of bringing parkrun to hundreds of people at Bedfont Lakes.
What exactly does being RD entail?
All training will be provided, don't worry! You're always part of a team and won't feel like you're working on your own. You'll have the support and back up of our two Event Directors Ian and Claire, even if they're not there on the actual day.
- Arriving by 08.30 on parkrunday and making sure all volunteers are present and know what they're doing (our Volunteer Co-ordinator Dave takes care of recruiting during the week)
- Making sure the course is set up and ready - using your team of volunteers
- Delivering the run brief to the participants, covering off the key safety points - you can use notes of course and it doesn't have to be long or witty, just be yourself. It's a great opportunity to discover visiting parkrunners, milestone runs, first timers and generally get everyone in a positive parkrun mood!
- Saying "3,2,1, GO!" - very important!
- Dealing with any queries during the morning and being mindful of any incidents - above all, just making sure everyone adheres to the parkrun code of conduct and has a safe and welcoming run/walk/jog
- Addressing barcode or timekeeper issues, e.g. noting down barcodes that won't scan and checking the timekeepers have clicked the same number of tokens handed out
- Processing the results after the event - although this isn't essential, and another volunteer can do this, many RDs like to learn the magic of the results processing!
- Having a well-earned coffee and breakfast in the post-parkrun cafe (optional but fun)
What's so great about being a parkrun Run Director? Apart from feeling accomplished, wearing the coveted blue and silver hi-viz vest, being pivotal in the world's biggest running event and earning a volunteer credit...we asked our RDs what they love:
"As a non-runner, being part of a running community and feeling like I am contributing to something amazing" Claire
"Feeling proud knowing the event has been successful and all types of parkrunner have received their results after completing Bedfont Lakes" Dave
"Being thanked and told what a lovely event Bedfont Lakes is" Caroline
"Meeting and welcoming visitors/first timers and announcing milestones... and having first dibs on the cake!" Ian
"Feeling like I might not look like your average runner but I am here, doing this so everyone can come and join in too, no matter how young, old, big , small, fast or slow you feel. That's the power of parkrun" Julie (seconded by Karen and Carol)
Sounds great... what's the commitment?
We have a great team of supportive RDs so the commitment is not onerous. Ideally we'd like you to volunteer as RD every six weeks on a Saturday morning that you're available. We're flexible and helpful and you won't feel pressured - and it's all done and dusted well before lunchtime. Of course, you can still be a parkrunner or general volunteer on the other Saturdays!
For an informal chat, grab us at parkrun or email email@example.com with any questions or to start the ball rolling. We'd love you to join our fantastic core team! What are you waiting for?